Precision farming can do wonders for Indian agriculture
The worrying reality in India is that agriculture is in crisis. From one village to another, farmers are considering selling their land and leaving agriculture to earn a living. The low availability of funds, unscientific agricultural inputs, poor support price structures for agricultural products and the near-total absence of agricultural insurance are important reasons leading to paralyzing debts that force farmers to consider agriculture as non-remunerative. Without mechanization, agriculture is hard and painful work. India, although one of the largest producers of agricultural products, has an average agricultural productivity of only 33% of that of farms around the world. This product needs to be increased so that farmers can get more pay from the same land – with less work.